18 Jan '11, 2am

North Korea may have foot and mouth outbreak

SEOUL: North Korea has apparently suffered an outbreak of foot-and-mouth, a Seoul official said Tuesday, as South Korea battles its own worst-ever incidence of the highly contagious animal disease. Unification Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-Ju quoted members of charity groups and other officials who have recently visited the communist country, saying the scope and origin of the outbreak is as yet unknown. "We've heard quite a bit about the outbreak (in the North) from recent visitors to the country," Lee told AFP. "But the North hasn't officially confirmed anything either via state media or by reporting to international health organisations." Yonhap news agency, quoting an unidentified Seoul official, said the North had deployed its military to help disinfect farms across the nation since the outbreak was reported in December. JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said Pyongyang had bloc...

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